The Surprising Power of Sleep

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A meta-analysis published in Current Biology found that good sleep plays a crucial role in boosting the immune system’s response to vaccination. Individuals who slept less than six hours per night produced significantly fewer antibodies compared to those who slept seven hours or more, with the deficit equivalent to two months of antibody waning. Adequate … Read more

A New Understanding of Quantum Turbulence

Gold Cryostat

The researchers used a unique rotating cryostat in their study. Credit: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University A group of researchers has demonstrated the dissipation of energy in quantum turbulence, providing insights into turbulence across various scales, ranging from microscopic to planetary. Lancaster University’s Dr. Samuli Autti collaborated with Aalto University researchers on a recent study investigating quantum … Read more

How Webb’s Coronagraphs Reveal Exoplanets in the Infrared

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This artist’s conception shows the fully unfolded James Webb Space Telescope in space. Credit: Adriana Manrique Gutierrez, NASA Animator The examination of exoplanets is a central aspect of the James Webb Space Telescope’s scientific objectives. NASA invited Christopher Stark, the Deputy Observatory Project Scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, to share insights on one … Read more

Climate Change Is Increasing Human-Wildlife Conflicts Globally

Polar Bear on Ice

A lone polar bear navigating sea ice, which this species uses to traverse vast distances in the Arctic to find food. A rapid loss of sea ice in northern latitudes has driven many polar bears onto land and into human settlements to scavenge. Credit: Kathy Crane/NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Traditionally, research on the effects … Read more

Harvard Study Indicates That Face Blindness Is More Common Than Previously Thought

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Face blindness, also known as prosopagnosia, is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects an individual’s ability to recognize faces. People with face blindness struggle to differentiate between familiar and unfamiliar faces and often rely on non-facial cues, such as voice, hair, or clothing, to identify people. A study indicates that the condition impacts a greater number … Read more

Researchers Uncover “Completely Unexpected” Findings

Researchers Uncover “Completely Unexpected” Findings

Many of Earth’s volatiles came from beyond Jupiter. Credit: Imperial College London/NASA Imperial College London researchers have discovered the probable distant origin of Earth’s volatile chemicals, some of which form the building blocks of life, through the analysis of meteorites. The researchers found that approximately 50% of the Earth’s supply of the volatile element zinc … Read more

“Obesity Paradox” Debunked in New Research

Obese Man Exercise Heart Attack Illustration

New research published in the European Heart Journal has debunked the “obesity paradox,” which suggested that overweight or obese heart failure patients had a lower risk of hospitalization or death compared to those with normal weight. The study found that using waist-to-height ratio measurements instead of body mass index (BMI) eliminates the perceived survival advantage … Read more

State-of-the-Art Artificial Intelligence Sheds New Light on the Mysterious First Stars

AI Finds That First Stars Were Clustered Together

By Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe March 24, 2023 Figure 1. A schematic illustration of the first star’s supernovae and observed spectra of extremely metal-poor stars. Ejecta from the supernovae enrich pristine hydrogen and helium gas with heavy elements in the universe (cyan, green, and purple objects surrounded by clouds … Read more